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The inhabitants (and tourists) of Washington DC have to face a 3-hour-long drive to get to the nearest shore for their summer cooldown. However, now they have another option in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall, which was turned into an urban beach for the year’s hottest months. Experimental studio Snarkitecture filled the space with roughly 1 million translucent white, recyclable plastic balls, inviting visitors to take a jump, play, and swim in this slightly sterile, nevertheless extremely fun pool. Entitled aptly The Beach, the installation also includes a shore with the usual row of sunbeds and umbrellas, a beach bar, and further opportunities to play beach games. It offers everything connected to summer fun, without the discomforts of heat, sand, and humidity.

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The impressive neo-renaissance hall with the Corinthian pillars provides a spectacular backdrop to the monochrome assemblage, a trademark of Snarkitecture. With stripping down the elements to minimal colours, shapes, materials, and surfaces, the installation provides a unique sensory experience. For the creators it meant a reimagination of the qualities and possibilities of the material, while it inspires visitors to experience space in a completely new way and offering a real retreat and complete relaxation at the same time.

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The Beach came to realisation in the framework of “Summer Block Party”, NBM’s annual summer programme consisting of exhibitions, readings, lectures, performances, and a central main installation. After last year’s BIG Maze by BIG, Bjarke Ingels proposed Snarkitecture to be the next collaborator, as their experimental spirit and clear-cut aesthetics fit in line with the Museum’s quest for innovation.

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The project runs until 7 September / for more information visit NBM's website
Source: Designboom
Photos: Noah Kalina

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